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Don’t You Like to Know the Ending?

I had a mystery wild creature in my yard. It was hiding in the thick variegated shrubs that are six foot tall, two of them, one in front of the other in a corner next to the house and brick wall, the AC unit on the other side of one of them.

Every time we’d go out there in the morning, dark out, I’d hear monster sounds, thumping around back there. What was it?

Nearly every morning, I’d see a rabbit bound across the side yard also. So I was wondering if the sound was coming from bunnies and momma was trying to draw us away. Or it was the skunk who had run across the yard also back there. Or the toads thumping around.

Or something else.

I didn’t think it was rabbits or skunks because my puppies would rush in looking for whatever it was and I was certain the monster creature would bound out of there.

So I took my camera with the telescopic lenses and peered in there after the puppies were inside, and I finally saw the elusive beast!

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Mystery Solved! I was so glad to know he was only a cute little toad and not a skunk!

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Blue Rainbow Bear Cleo

Mystery solved, bears done. Halfway done on Covert Cougar Christmas!

Have a great Friday!!!


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A Rainbow in New Orleans?

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I’m not sure how I ended up with a rainbow in the picture, but I did. 🙂

Working on A SEAL Wolf for Sale now!

Oh, and I found a poor injured man in the elevator. Which shifter do you think took a swipe at him? Don’t think it would have been a wolf. But a jaguar, easily. Or maybe a cougar. 🙂

Yes, in the elevators in our hotel, we had interesting posters. 🙂

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Can you tell I was having fun at the conference?

More Fun Reviews of Jaguar Hunt:

Jaguar Hunt by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (350 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

An agent and a jaguar-shifter chase trouble, and each other, through the jungles of Belize…

Agent Tammy Anderson has a reputation: she prefers to work alone. So when she’s paired up on a mission with jaguar-shifter David Patterson—who’s only recently been released from jail—to say she’s less than thrilled is a understatement. Until she realizes that this sexy agent has what it takes…

Soon, what started as an “easy” mission to locate a missing jaguar takes the pair to Belize, where they’re chasing down two renegade teen shifters who know more than they’re telling. As the action heats up, can they keep their minds on the job and off of each other?

The basic theme of Ms. Spear’s latest adventure is best described by using Urban English: ‘when good guys go bad is when the real good guys are baddest’.

Think about it. If the good guy was never a good guy but knows all the good guy tricks, it’s going to take a better good guy with serious skills to take him down, right? The trick is to rope in the heroic type into committing himself or herself towards the cause. What would generate the dogged determination and relentless pursuit of the criminal besides basic duty? In this case, a serious dose of lust and sensual intrigue tosses out the fishing line but the hook is set when the threat gets personal, and the pursuit of justice takes on a life of its own. In Jaguar Hunt it’s a solid plot conflict with quite a few surprises in store for readers making it a real page flipper.

Tammy and David spark off of each other early on in the novel. A reader sees them testing each other, feeling out as to what kind of personality each of them has. It’s comical at times, always interesting and it fit in with the movement of the plot. Little things happen, dialogue is exchanged and clues are dropped here and there throughout the story until a reader can finally start guessing who the villain is. I really thought I had it figured out. The joke was on me. I was caught by surprise by a couple of revelations and I loved that.


Jaguar Hunt, A Review

David Patterson serves as a top level agent for their Jaguar-shifter species. When he discovers that his case to find and return a missing jaguar connects with Tammy Anderson’s case to find a couple of missing teens, he requests to be teamed with her. Then promptly gets himself thrown in jail. Leaving Tammy to bail him out and making a darned good first impression.

Tammy and David’s search leads them into the jungle of Belize where they are forced to work as a team and live as a couple. Finding the missing teens is going to be child’s play compared to dealing with the chemistry between the two of them. And finding the missing teens is anything but easy. Of course teen boys are teen boys no matter the species and these two are rather creative in their desire to stay lost. The tryst factor remains an issue throughout the entire book and believe me when I say, I wasn’t sure who to believe until the very end. Well done.

A great book. I feel that with each Jaguar shifter book, I fall more and more in love. Often I find myself comparing Ms. Spear’s jaguars to Christine Feehan’s. There are marked similarities BUT there are huge differences. Ms. Spear’s manages to keep her cats playful even in the most heated of situations. Which is perfect after all, they are cats.

My advise? Check out this book, it reads well as a stand alone, BUT I suggest you read the series, in order. Now there’s a shocker *grins*

Shauni http://bodicerippers-shauni.blogspot.com/2014/05/jaguar-hunt-review-terryspear.html



Once again Terry Spear takes us from the concrete jungles of home to the wild jungles of Belize. There is plenty of danger and she keeps us in suspense until the last minute trying to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.
And of course, there is plenty of steamy shifter sexiness. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/922740118?book_show_action=false
Carol [Goodreads addict]’s review
May 18, 14



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The Easter Bunny Hath Cometh

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I’ve seen at least two bunnies, one that hopped off, and the other that remained under the blooming photinia and the red cedar tree. With the snakes in my house, it was easy to see a pattern and realize the two snakes were not the same. But with bunnies, don’t they all look the same to you? How could you tell them apart?

Mysteries abound at my house–and so I had something that dug into the grass next to my cement drive. There’s a lot of cement underneath the grass there because the brick wall is perpendicular to the driveway. And there are no shrubs there so the rabbits aren’t out there. Plus with the cars driving by on the road, it would make them skittish.

It actually dug through the roots of a crepe myrtle that is growing on the other side of the brick wall.

I thought it might be a neighbor’s big dog, but I’ve never seen one around here. We do have skunks, but I’ve never seen them dig a hole in the yard. At my other house, I did find the skeleton of a wild boar in the creek down the road, but I doubt anything like that would come here. Some suggested an armadillo. I’ve never seen one here, did run into one in Oklahoma when I lived there. Scared me because he came straight at me, which made me think he was rabid. They do carry leprosy, so not interested in having them around.

So what do YOU think? Can you tell if the bunnies are all the same one or different? Can you figure out what was digging in my yard? It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but it was deep.

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Back to writing! 30,000 to go! Piece of cake! If I don’t get stuck! 🙂




The Stagecoach Inn, Salado, Texas

A lot of places had stagecoach inns at a time when the mail was delivered via a stagecoach, and it took priority over passengers. Often, their feet would rest on top of the overflow of packages and letters bound for other destinations. Certain seats had the best ride, and others could jar the rider to pieces. Stagecoach robbers were prevalent, and that’s why they had a man riding shotgun atop the wagon. Most times, robbers only wanted the passengers’ valuables, and didn’t want to kill anyone.

One of our friends had an ancestor who had robbed a stagecoach back in the day, and had been caught and hanged, though normally, it wasn’t done. Why the hanging then? One of the passengers had died from a heart attack during the stagecoach robbery. And since the robbers had given him the fatal heart attack, they were tried for murder.

This is actually a covered wagon, with the Stagecoach Inn sign. This hotel was originally called The Shady Villa Inn. Not only did those in the United States travel in covered wagons from the east coast to the west, they did the same in Canada. I was reading about some of my ancestors in Canada traveling from Ontario and further west in covered wagons. I find all of that stuff fascinating!

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This is the covered wagon–playground style. I actually used this in A Ghost of a Chance at Love, the story set in Salado, Texas.  She sees it in the present day Salado, but when she wakes up in the past? It’s gone! Just think of all the things you’d miss in the past???Playground stagecoach at Stagecoach Inn Salado 900 rhapsody


And here is a miniature covered wagon in front of the Stagecoach Inn. I love going to Salado. Some places make me feel I’m at home. Others, don’t. But when I go to Salado, I enjoy being there. So I wondered what it would be like to travel back in time, not a planned trip at all. A woman spends overnight at the Stagecoach Inn and finds her world turned upside down–murder, ghostly aberrations, (which several buildings there claim to have), a man in her bed who doesn’t belong, and who claims this is HIS room. All the modern day changes would be undone, and somehow she has to find her way home again. Not just home to Waco, Texas, but to the same time before she traveled to the past.

I write romances, so I can have the action, adventure, paranormal, ghostly stuff, but it’s still got to have romance. Soooo, every woman who ends up back in some distance time-travel past needs a guardian angel, right?

The ghost, and murder, and mysteries continue to haunt her. And there’s only one way to right the wrong. If she doesn’t get herself killed in the process.

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A Ghost of a Chance at Love

Time Travel Ghostly Romance

The past clashes with the present, and one woman finds herself fighting for her own identity in the past so that she can have a future with the man she loves–but with her ancestor’s hold over her–Lisa Welsh and Jack Stanton only have a ghost of a chance at love. 

Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas, but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she wakes in the morning and learns she’s living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger and everyone else in town believes she’s some woman named Josephine Rogers. Only she’s supposed to be dead.

Jack Stanton can’t believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed—until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine, claims to be some other woman—and though he could never abide by Josephine’s fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, everybody in town believes her to be Josephine, and he steps in to help her find her way back home.

Murder, mystery, ties to family roots in the past, embezzlement and murder in the present, and a man she can’t get off her mind no matter what century it is, Lisa has no choice. She must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in her world and Jack’s or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.  


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Anyone ready for a trip back in time?


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Howling Wolf at Christmastime!

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Ever look at a picture and make up a story about it?

Well, she’s howling because her hot mate is off running around somewhere when she wants him to snuggle up with her by the Christmas tree and the warm fire.

Or, she is missing some of her wolf books! Do you see which ones?

And she’s waiting on the latest release!

Or, what else could she be howling about?


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It’s Tuesday–Only 3 More Tuesdays to Go!

Before it’s Christmas!!! Early! With Bjornolf and Anna and Hunter and the gang! Even Leidolf makes an appearance and some of his wolf pack! Everything’s turning up mistletoe, and a few dead bodies. But hey, a SEAL and an undercover operative wouldn’t feel at home if they weren’t solving a mystery!

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Only 3 more Tuesdays to go, and he can be all yours!!

Okay, so my question is–do you like to shop for Christmas?

I usually avoid the crowds and pick up things when I’m in different places that hopefully will mean something to the ones I gift them to. But last year, I went with a coworker friend to Salado and shopped while everything was decorated in Christmas fashion and I had a really good time. So often, I shop online. Much easier to ship!

What about you?

I have to tell you that Anna does not like to shop. At Christmas or any other time. And you know what that means, don’t you?



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More Photoshop Madness!

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I didn’t do a whole lot with this. The owl was in a blue light, but in the original picture, you can’t see his eye, so I brightened the colors a bit, and there it is! I didn’t want to lighten the picture because the room was naturally dark for the owls. 🙂

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Playing around with others, but only have 10,000 left to write on The Highlander, so need to concentrate on writing! Have a great Tuesday!



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Relative Danger and the Audio Book for The Deadly Fae (book 2) Are Now Out!

Relative Danger is now out!  The audio books for Lady Caroline and the Egotistical Earl and Taming the Wild Highlander should be out soon. They’re in the review process now, but otherwise complete!

Murder, mayhem, and family secrets abound when some beneficiaries of an insurance magnate’s last will and testament plot to get their money early. During a week of togetherness orchestrated by her not-quite-departed uncle’s will, headstrong heiress McKenna Sutherland has to team up with resort manager Thomas Hampton, the man who stole her heart five years ago, or she’ll lose her inheritance—to him! McKenna and Thomas need to uncover the villain among a cast of colorful characters who have joined them for the week, each of whom has a stake in the ultimate outcome—Uncle Sheldon’s money, and loads of it. Thomas’s job is to keep Sheldon’s faked death a secret, while he makes sure McKenna isn’t next on the killer’s hit list. With everything around them a lie, can Thomas regain McKenna’s love and trust before it’s too late?






And just received notification that The Deadly Fae is now available in audio book!

The Deadly Fae: The World of Fae, Book 2 | [Terry Spear]

Lady Sessily is a dark fae, an assassin, and she intends to retire and take up some other occupation so she can lead a normal life. Get a boyfriend. Visit the human world to hassle humans like many of her kind do. Attend fae kingdom parties, not as the mystery woman who is scoping out her next intended victim, but just to have fun. Until tall, dark, handsome, and deadly interrupts her plans. She is on a mission to assassinate a fae lord who is the most evil kind of fae. But when she is thwarted, not once but twice by another fae lord, she is ready to strangle him. And she’ll do it for free.

The crown prince of the cobra fae doesn’t know what to think when he hires a master assassin who turns out to be a woman – not her father like he’d been led to believe. But can she eliminate one of the most powerful queens of any of the fae kingdoms without getting herself killed? He soon rethinks his plan as he gets to know the woman he begins to think of as his angel assassin.

Audio Book

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The Living and the Dead in Savannah, Georgia

In the old Savannah Cemetery, it’s sad to see so many had died due to a yellow fever epidemic after a hurricane hit the area. But here are some of the creatures who live in the cemetery among the dead.

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There were two red hawks flying overhead, resting in the trees, calling out to each other.

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And two baby doves who wanted to take off when I was trying to take a picture of them and not disturb them too much.

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And a squirrel who was in a hurry to reach the safety of one of the huge trees dripping in Spanish moss.Squirrel in Cemetery AAD Conference, 2013, Savannah 177 (800x398) (2)

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And here was a bird’s nest among the green leaves and the Spanish moss, perfect place for a home for the baby birds.

The cemetery was ghostly looking and feeling because of all the Spanish moss, and the story behind the deaths of those entombed there. The ghost meters were going off like crazy, of course. But that’s to be expected because the “ghost” app on the phone is meant to do that. 🙂

More on the cemetery tomorrow!

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Ghost Orbs??


Ghost Orbs in front of a wall??? Or just something on the camera. All the other pictures were totally clear.


When we were in Savannah, Georgia, I took pictures of the walls and fretwork in some of the old buildings that were “haunted.” We were on a ghost hunting tour–paranormal equipment, you know–the usual. Ghost light detectors, phones set on ghost tracking where it pops up with words and it doesn’t matter that the words reoccur no matter where you are in Savannah, and you can have a ghost right beside you, it happens with such regularity, you know you’re being stalked. Temperature readers.



Picture of the old building above the restaurant below, view of huge oak trees. (Haunted building)


I mentioned to the tour guide that it was like Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs can’t be kept on a schedule where they appear at regular intervals just for the tourists. 🙂 I’ve witnessed paranormal events, but it was always so unexpected, not something that was “forced.” I don’t think she appreciated what I said. LOL


Anyway, so we had lights that changed colors when “entities” were in the local vicinity, changes in temps–yeah, yeah, so there was air conditioning seeping out of the window of a building right next to the walkway where it was sooooo hot. Hmm-hmm.


Finding ghostly entities with ghost lights.




And yes, the entities came to a particular spot on the floor. They were kids, because guess what? When you raised the ghost alert meter, it would lose the signal. So had to be a kid. Right. Not electrical something in the floor???


But it was fun playing along with Bonnie Gill, as the ghost hunter spoke to all the ghosts and asked them yes and no questions and they answered with red and green lights. Bonnie was playing the game, good cop/bad cop scenario. I was the Doubting Thomas, but still looking for my own ghosts that were not part of the paranormal tour woowoo. 🙂


This was NOT on the ghost tour, and it was an antique shop with a wickedly evil looking Italian bench. Bonnie only got a picture of a haze where the bench should be. The little evil looking figure in the center had green glowing eyes on her picture. But my closeup of him was fine.


But my camera picked up ghost orbs when hers just showed fog. Different pattern entirely from the first picture above at the haunted building showing ghost orbs. And all the rest of my pictures were clear. I always figure something’s on my lenses, but how come everything else was clear? These were the only two pictures that came out like this.



We had a blast!!! I love old buildings, architecture and all the fun cool shops. But Authors After Dark was so much fun too. We had a ball at the Elemental and Vampire balls, super great author panels, loved the YA chocolate bar, Pamela Tyner’s breakfast gathering, just lots and lots of great activities! 🙂 Oh, and Samhain’s ice cream party. And surprisingly, I didn’t even gain weight! 🙂 


So what do you think? Ghostly orbs, or just the lighting in the building somehow???


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